HAI/AR Collaborating Partners Committee


HAI/AR (Healthcare Associated Infection/Antibiotic Resistance)

List of Committee Members

This committee is chaired by a representative from the Maine Center for Disease Control (Maine CDC) and the Maine Quality Forum (MQF). The Committee has been established with a purpose to assess and analyze the status of infection prevention and control in the state of Maine and make recommendations on state strategies for the reduction of healthcare associated infections across all healthcare settings.

State of Maine Healthcare-Associated Infections Plan 2015-2018

February 2019 - The External Validation Report of CY 2017 Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) in Maine Hospitals conducted on behalf of the Maine Quality Forum is now available


Meetings are scheduled from 12:00 - 4:00 pm and will be held at the Maine Health Care Association, 317 State Street, Augusta.


  • October 25th
Next Meeting TBD

Prior Meeting Dates and Documents

October 25th Meeting: August 23rd Meeting: April 26th February 22nd


October 26, 2018 August 24, 2018 June 1, 2018

February 23, 2018


November 3, 2017 August 25, 2017 April 14, 2017


October 28, 2016 September 30, 2016 July 22, 2016 - rescheduled

April 29, 2016

January 22, 2016


October 23, 2015 - Cancelled

September 25, 2015

August 28, 2015 - Cancelled

July 24, 2015

June 26, 2015

May 29, 2015

April 24, 2015

March 27, 2015

March 6, 2015

2016 Communications

June 30, 2016 Communication from Rita Owsiak Re: Ebola/Emerging Pathogen Readiness: Frontline Hospitals (sent June 22, 2016 via email)

While the Ebola outbreak in western Africa is no longer on our radar, readiness for the next emerging pathogen is. Much work has been completed with the four Ebola-assessment hospitals in the state and we continue to work on some readiness related activities. Of note is that the State Ebola Response Plan is now approved and posted.

At this time, we would like to share some lessons learned, tools and updates with frontline hospitals. Some of this you may have seen already, some of this will be new. If you have any questions pertaining to materials in this email, please reply (to Rita) and I will connect you with a member of our team who will provide answers. Thank you for all your efforts in emerging pathogen preparedness. Please share this information with your emerging pathogens readiness team members.

  • Summary of Lessons Learned – Nation and State: This lists the lessons learned presented by federal CDC at a teleconference, along with a few additions specific to lessons learned in Maine.
  • Preparedness Criteria: Please use the Interim Guidance for Preparing Frontline Healthcare Facilities for PUIs for EVD as your preparedness criteria guide: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/preparing/frontline-healthcare-facilities.html
  • State Ebola Response Plan: is now approved and posted on the PHEP website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/public-health-systems/phep/documents.shtml. Click on DHHS/Maine CDC All HazEOP Annex. 14.2 (Ebola Response) link. There is also a link to the Maine Ebola Response Plan on the Division of Infectious Disease Ebola: Information for Healthcare Workers and First Responders page.
  • Regional Resource Center Ebola Response Plan: Please note there currently are no regional plans for emerging pathogens. Planning has been addressed from a state vs. regional level. That said, RRCs are here to help in coordination, collaboration, communication, etc.
  • Checklist for Frontline Hospitals: This tool is a compilations of several Ebola-related tools. The use of this tool is encouraged, but not required. If you have already created a similar tool, please feel free to continue to use it. If you choice to use this tool, please customize it to your facility protocols. While this version is designed around Ebola, the intention is that this tool could be customized for use with other emerging pathogens.
  • Timeline for transportation from frontline hospital to assessment hospital: The federal CDC guideline for a PUI transport to an assessment hospital is for this to occur within 240 minutes (4 hours), from the time the PUI contacts the frontline hospital. That said, there are some location in Maine where this may take a little longer, if the PUI is at a rural/remote location. It is a guideline.
  • Employee Health – Healthcare Worker Monitoring: (4 Attachments) Several tools were created to address monitoring of HCWs at the four assessment hospitals. Should the need arise, this will be a collaborative effort between the healthcare facility and Maine CDC. If your facility has already developed such tools, please feel free to continue to use them, just look over the process involved and update your tools as needed. Again, these tools can be customized to your facility protocols as well. Please note, these forms are not posted on the web, as they are for internal public health department/healthcare facility use.

2015 Communications

October 16, 2015 Email Message from Stuart Bratesman to Committee Members

Due to a number of scheduling conflicts we are canceling the October 23rd meeting. We look forward to regrouping the first of the new year. At our next meeting we will review the next set of deliverables for this group including Rule Chapter 270. In the meantime enjoy the season and see you soon.

August 25, 2015 Email Message from Stuart Bratesman to Committee Members

The sole item on the agenda for our August meeting was a final review of the State's HAI Plan. Since our last meeting, the only changes made to this document are those recommended at our last meeting (see 7/24/15 meeting minutes) and minor grammatical edits. To reduce the time required to attend a meeting in person, we are e-mailing a copy of the Final Draft of the HAI Plan and ask that you indicate via email your decision to:

  • Accept the Final Draft as written
  • Accept the Final Draft with comment
  • Other

We request that comments be submitted to Rita Owsiak by Friday, August 28. Rita Owsiak will send a follow up email indicating how members' comments were addressed in the final document. Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 25, 2015. In the meantime, we hope that everyone enjoys the last of summer's sun and visitors.